Advent-Christmas 2018

MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE!

The Birthday of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ – 2018   While all things were          in quiet silence, And when night was       in the midst of    her swift course, Your Almighty Word,            O Lord, Leaped down out of your royal throne,         […]

The Fourth Sunday of Advent ~ The power of visiting a friend

The Fourth Sunday of Advent ~ December 23, 2018 Today’s Gospel story is a beautiful one. When the angel announced to Mary that she would conceive a child, she was given a way to confirm that message: to go visit her “kinswoman who has also conceived in her old age.” (Lk. 1:36)  . . . […]

The shaking reality of Advent

Thursday of Third Week of Advent O Key of David, opening the gates of God’s eternal Kingdom: Come and free the prisoners of darkness! ~ The O Antiphon for December 20th Father Alfred Delp, S.J. aptly wrote two years after I was born about being shaken up, as so many of us feel in our […]

Advent Day 13 ~ In the Midst of the Mist of our Lives

Thursday of the Second Week of Advent Misty mornings can be cool, Lord. They can teach us about You, about us. There’s lots of misty-ness in our lives, Lord. We often don’t see anything very clearly. But You are still there, our sun, the Son, somehow, some way, penetrating  the fog, the mist. Help us […]

Advent Day 12 ~ The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe ~ God prefers the poor

Wednesday of the Second Week of Advent ~ THE FEAST OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE Today,we honor our sister and brothers in Mexico as they celebrate the appearance of the Mother of Jesus  to a poor peasant native Mexican. Today, may we unite ourselves in solidarity with all the peoples of North and South and […]

Advent Day 8 ~ The Second Sunday of Advent ~ The herald of the King

The Second Sunday of Advent ~ Sunday, December 9, 2018 As we examine the gospel of Luke this year, we see that for this gospel writer, the emergence of John the Baptist was one of the hinges on which history turned. He dramatically dates it in three different ways.  Here’s the text . . . […]

Advent Day 7 ~ Our Lady’s Song of Justice ( and Hanukkah Day 6)

THE FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY Saturday, December 8, 2018 This is a feast of Mary for us Catholics.  In today’s gospel, we read the story of Mary’s Yes to God, her consent to bring Jesus into our world. I offer for your reflection the Song of Mary that Luke […]